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Get into Radiologic Technology School

Get into Radiologic Technology School

Lisette Hilton | Monster Contributing Writer

Wow the Admissions Committee

To boost your chances of getting accepted into an RT program, experts offer these tips:

Keep Up Your Grades: Educators look for high grade point averages — especially in high school and college math and science courses. Mitchell looks for GPAs in the 3.2 to 3.6 range. For applicants to community or state-sponsored colleges, May says that “the only way students get accepted…is if they have from 12 to 26 semester hours of credit of specific general-education courses and have almost straight A’s in those courses.”

Apply for the Right Reasons: Jan Clark, MEd, RT(CV)(M)(QM), says educators are looking for people suited to healthcare. “In terms of interpersonal skills, it is that desire to help others,” says Clark, ASRT national education chapter delegate. “The students who tend not to do well are the ones that come to the programs for the wrong reasons [such as salary].”

Have Computer/Technology Skills: Since radiography is a technology-focused career, applicants should have a comfort level with technology, Clark says.

Hone Your Interview Skills: Many programs require applicants to interview with faculty. Before her interviews, Saball researched industry trends and the specific programs she was applying to. The preparation helped convey her interest, desire and ambition. Be prepared with questions for the program faculty, Mitchell says. For instance, you might ask about similarities or differences with other programs you’re considering.

Choose References Wisely: Mitchell recommends listing college professors, high school instructors and employers as references instead of friends or relatives.

Volunteer or Job-Shadow: Know what rad tech careers have to offer and what your career goals are, Mitchell says. In addition to observing in a radiology department at a hospital, Saball volunteered at a hospital emergency room, which gave her the direct patient-care experience she needed to earn more points.

Apply to More Than One Program: Saball applied to three and was accepted to one.

Be Persistent: Besides submitting her completed applications on time, Saball followed up with schools to show initiative.

This article originally appeared on Monster Career Advice.

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